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Biggin Hill students go green for anniversary garden challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:49 07 October 2013

(Back row) Paul Cooling, Sarah Wheeler, Alex Wills, Sarah Allum and Joe Tracy. (Front row) Harry Stacey, Buddy Franklin and Samuel Helps, all Year 7.

(Back row) Paul Cooling, Sarah Wheeler, Alex Wills, Sarah Allum and Joe Tracy. (Front row) Harry Stacey, Buddy Franklin and Samuel Helps, all Year 7.

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Biggin Hill students have been thrown a gardening gauntlet by their deputy head teacher to celebrate their school's 40th anniversary.

The winning Year 7 garden.The winning Year 7 garden.

Youngsters at Charles Darwin School, in Jail Lane, were tasked with transforming a plot of land into a miniature Eden with just a £20 budget.

Each year group took on the challenge, laid down by deputy head Louise Rees, and it was Year 7 that were declared the winners by Paul Cooling, chairman of Coolings Nurseries Limited, based in Kent.

The transformed plot featured a colourful flower arrangement, pebbles with students’ names painted on and a terracotta pot displaying the year the school opened.

Mr Cooling said: “It is inspiring that so much has been achieved in such a short space of time. We are involved with over 200 schools in one way or another, but Charles Darwin School is the first secondary school to hold a garden competition like this.

“In coming to this decision I paid particular attention to the number of students actively involved in creating the garden.”

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